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Water draining is premature

My kenmore 665 dishwasher fills with water, but doesn't keep the water in the dishwasher. It continues the cycle, but the dishes don't get very clean. The water is hot. It never gets all the liquid soap out of the holder. I've checked the spinning sprayers and taken apart the parts at the bottom. There was very little 'gunk' in there and no clogged holes, but I cleaned out what was there. Today I put in some more water during the first rinse cycle after it had prematurely emptied the water and the dishes were cleaner. I'm so tired of dirty dishes! Any ideas?

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SOURCE: Need to dissolve hard soap

The internals of a dishwasher are stainless steel and plastic and for these sort of problems a diluted solution oh hydrocloric acid can do the trick......just wear gloves!!!

Posted on Jul 26, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite 665-16959000 dishwasher - soap door

It appears your dispenser wax switch has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
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Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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SOURCE: Have Kenmore Elite 665 11yrs old, bakes soap on

That seems like it's probably related to the recent ban on phosphates in dishwashing soaps. Quite a number of people have found that their dishwashers aren't working as well and are leaving spots and soap behind now that phosphates are not being used.
A little vinegar may help, but the best answer would be to use a water softener.

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